A greater appreciation for life awaits // Chronological Bible Reading

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 20, 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Isaiah 38, 39:1-8

We are never ready for the heartbreaks that can occur in life.

One phone call.
One medical test.
One failed exam.

It’s natural to not be ready for tragedy because we always hope tragedy doesn’t come our way.

Hezekiah was 39 years old and dying. Either from leprosy or what some believe to be the beginning of the bubonic plague. On top of that, he was a king with no heir.

When tragedy strikes it allows us to have a greater appreciation for life. We often take it for granted until when we believe it is about to be taken from us.

When tragedy strikes it’s often motivation to get our lives right with God. It was true for Hezekiah.

He now had a greater love for God because for his life to go on, it would only be because God granted him the ability to do so.

For Hezekiah in this moment he was granted healing. He was also given a sign.

Isaiah 38:7-8 (NLT)
7 “‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised: 8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!’” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps.

God did what was scientifically impossible; stopping the sun’s normal movement and putting the solar system in reverse for a while. He did that for one man.

What if we were granted healing from our sickness and pain both physically and spiritually? What if God gave us a sign? Would we have a new found love for life?

We have to look no further than the cross. The cross is God’s sign that no matter what happens HEALING is present. It may not happen how we want or how we wish – but Heaven awaits.

God’s defeat of death is greater than the scientific phenomenon present in this text. God defeated death for us. He did this for you.

Hezekiah fell in love with life again.
Today may we do the same.

Let’s not wait till tragedy strikes to fall back in love with God and the world we live in.

Today lets…

Run back to God.
Tell God how we really feel.
Make the phone call we have been putting off for far too long.
Pick up a book.
Take in a sunset.
Fill out the application.
Go back to school.
Spend time with our family.
Date our spouse.
Go on vacation.
Punch fear in the face.

Let’s make today count.
It may be our last.

Even if it is…HEALING awaits us.

-Follow the other staff members and their observations from our chronological Bible readings here.

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